Finding Happiness Within

Things within us that to appreciate - they can make us happy, no matter what’s going on outside:

  • Being generous
  • Being loving and kind
  • Feeling compassion and empathy
  • Being skilled at something
  • Being a good listener
  • Knowing how to appreciate the beauty in nature and in others
  • Being determined
  • Being creative.

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Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
Where Happiness Comes From

Phenomena that happen outside of us don’t cause happiness. They might be correlated with happiness but it’s not a cause-and-effect relationship. 

The most important part is what happens in our brain between the external event (a good cup of coffee) and our state of happiness.

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
Appreciating All That’s Around Us

The key skill is to learn to notice, accept and appreciate everything around us, and everyone we see and interact with.

Often if we fail to see good in things or people around us (or ourselves), it’s a failure to pay close attention. All around us are examples of beauty, creativity, inspiration, triumph, pain, joy, life.

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Practicing Gratitude

Gratitude is a way of seeing the joy in the little things and can be practiced with methods like journaling or subtracting. The more you practice gratitude, the easier it will be to see the simple joys in your everyday life.

Instead of overwhelming yourself by always looking at the bigger picture and the negatives of life, look at the small things that impact your world and imagine how life would be without them.

Good relationships

Having good, supportive friendships, a strong marriage or close and loving relationships with our family members will make us much more likely to be happy. 

Action steps: Take time, today, to spend time with your loved ones, to tell them what they mean to you, to listen to them, and develop your relationship with them.

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